Otis Library will host a four-part lecture series entitled “Where We Call Home” in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. The series will discuss the changing definition of home and family in America. It is presented as a lead-in to the upcoming Smithsonian touring exhibit, “Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human,” which will visit Otis Library in January 2017.
City Historian Dale Plummer will kick off the series on Monday, October 3, with a talk on early Norwich and how the first settlers lived and worked. Jamie H. Eves, Executive Director of the Windham Textile & History Museum, will discuss the life of the New England Mill Worker on Monday, October 24. On Monday, November 21, Attorney Peter Goselin will talk about his work with the “Scarborough 11,” a lawsuit currently taking place in Hartford over zoning regulations and the definition of family. On Monday, December 5, Stephen Fan, editor of the book “Sub-Urbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape,” will discuss the changing face of Southeastern CT with the arrival of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. Each presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session. Free program; no registration required.
This program is funded by Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.